This distinct booklet is finished either when it comes to time insurance, from ahead of the Pharaohs to the current second and in that it attempts to contemplate towns from the complete continent, not only Sub-Saharan Africa. except genuine details and wealthy description fabric culled from many assets, it seems at many matters from why city existence emerged within the first position to how present-day African towns cope in tricky occasions. rather than seeing cities and towns as by some means extraneous to the genuine Africa, it perspectives them as an inherent a part of constructing Africa, indigenous, colonial, and post-colonial and emphasizes the level to which the way forward for African society and African tradition will be performed out regularly in towns. The ebook is written to attract scholars of heritage yet both to geographers, planners, sociologists and improvement experts drawn to city difficulties.
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The Greeks came to Egypt not only as traders but as settlers and had already established a number of cities in the Nile Delta. In fact, they seem generally to have established themselves in new urban communities rather than those which had been important under the pharaohs. Further east in Cyrenaica (eastern Libya), Greeks also became settlers in Africa and founded city-states which ruled a native population not without tension. The rise of cosmopolitan Alexandria can be contrasted with a rural Egypt where an inward-looking village culture dominated by the priests retained a core of practices from the older civilisation.
Islam had broad cultural implications. It is a religion in which trade could flourish: it provided a banner whereby traders could safely reach distant shores and establish links of intellectual community and trust through faith. It is also a religion where urban society is admired and held up as a model for the good life. Islamic travellers almost invariably frame their accounts with a description of the piety and good morals – or otherwise – of the townsmen. For ibn Battuta visiting Kilwa in the fourteenth century, for example, the piety of the ruler, the state of learning, the condition of the mosques – these were the most important features of all on which to comment.
Both Fustat and al-Qahira were constructed well east of the river which tended to shift its channel further eastwards over time, creating large challenges in terms of water supply. Waste collection was also a major worry. Occasionally huge clean-ups of the main streets took place, but there was no systematic system to deal with garbage. Householders were supposed to light candles through the night to encourage safety; in fact, generally Cairo had a reputation for low rates of crime. Neighbourhood streets were not in any event much frequented by strangers after dark and the hara was often closed off then.
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